Caring for Irvine Park Zoo animals as temperatures drop

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Chippewa Falls (WQOW) – As the temperatures continue to drop, zoo animals start heading inside.

Many of the animals at the Irvine Park Zoo in Chippewa Falls normally play outside, but on Friday staff brought their furry friends inside to keep them warm.

Lead Zookeeper Jennifer London says they bring the animals in when it’s under 45 degrees outside.

Getting the animals out of the cold is easy, the real challenge comes with keeping them stimulated inside.

“When they’re out in the summer time, people provide some entertainment for them,” said London.  “But while they’re inside for winter, there’s not much in here. It’s just a matter of giving them stuff to do.”

To enrich their experience inside, London gives some animals goodie boxes filled with gummy bears, different climbing structures, and plays videos with nature and animal sounds.

Staff keep the zoo open throughout the winter, and people can even take tours indoors.

Katrina Lim

Katrina Lim

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